Thursday, April 25, 2019

Selco: What We Can Learn from the Stories of Old People

by Selco, The Organic Prepper:

These story collections can only be found in the PDF books and are not available anywhere online. Volume 1 contains 17 stories. I found that the book reads a lot like survival fiction short stories – except for the fact that they’re all true. In this one, he discusses what he learned from his Great Uncle, a war veteran, and encourages us to learn from the stories of old people.

Selco manages to share the brutality of those times and still add in the glimpses of humanity that are so important.Because without it, we’re just animals. ~ Daisy

Follow these simple tips to minimize your exposure to “obesogens” – everyday chemicals that make you fat

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by Vicki Batts, Natural News:

In the U.S., obesity is easily one of the nation’s biggest health problems. Approximately 40 percent of American adults are clinically obese, as are another 20 percent of children and teens – and that’s not including the number of people who are simply “overweight.” In late 2017, it was reported that obesity rates in America had reached yet another devastating peak. But it turns out that it’s not just our modern lifestyles causing the obesity epidemic: Many of the chemicals and compounds we’re exposed to can increase the risk of becoming obese. In fact, the risk is so strong that experts have nicknamed these toxins “obesogens.”

Fortunately, there are many steps you can take to avoid or reduce your exposure to these damaging compounds and support long-term health.

How to Make Your LIFE a Declaration of Independence

by Daisy Luther, The Organic Prepper:

A couple of centuries ago, our country’s Founding Fathers wrote and signed a declaration of our independence from another country. They included a bill of the rights that they wished to ensure for their descendants. While not perfect people, by any means, they tried to create a nation of liberty that would go on for centuries to come.

What people seem to be missing is that the Bill of Rights isn’t a list of “privileges” granted to us by gray-haired rich men in the 1700s. We are endowed with natural human rights from the moment we are born.  We also bear the responsibility to protect our independence from those who would subjugate us.

A World on the Brink

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from Silver Fortune:

Patrol Skills: Using Tactical Hand Signals to Communicate in Silence

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by Tess Pennington, Ready Nutrition:

Law enforcement, corrections, probation, and military Special Operations teams worldwide use hand signals to communicate in the field to lessen their risk and to avoid compromising their position. Good security requires efficient forms of communication and when audible communication like speech and radio comms cannot be used, hand signals are a good alternative.

So, why signals?

  1. Helps teams communicate over near and far distances when they have to observe noise discipline.
  2. Helps small or large teams travel over terrain or through structures in a more organized manner.
  3. Helps to keep track of team members.
  4. Helps teams to move stealthily when noise discipline must be maintained.
  5. Helps teams move as a group even when noise discipline is no longer an issue, such as moving units over the sound of battle or when machinery noise is deafening.

As with any communication form, there are pros and cons. While natural elements like weather and terrain restrict your ability to effectively use this form of communication, the best time to use hand signals is if your group is nearby and in need of masking their presence from an enemy.  Keep in mind that hand signals can be misunderstood because you or group members may be at a distance or maybe in a confusing situation with lots of noise, therefore use clear, concise and exaggerated movements to help people understand what the next move is. Moreover, when you are making these signals, face your body directly at the person you are giving signals to so they can see them clearly. When you receive the signals always acknowledge with either “Yes” “No,” or “I don’t understand”

Learning hand signals is simpler than one would think, and at times, common sense. Keep in mind that hand signals can be misunderstood because you or group members may be at a distance or maybe in a confusing situation with lots of noise, therefore use clear, concise and exaggerated movements to help people understand what the next move is. Moreover, when you are making these signals, face your body directly at the person you are giving signals to so they can see them clearly. When you receive the signals always acknowledge with either “Yes” “No,” or “I don’t understand”

Some of the most common signals you will use in the field are:

    • Yes
    • No
    • I understand
    • Stop
    • Freeze
    • Get down
    • Stand up and move out
    • Enemy
    • I see the enemy
    • I hear the enemy
    • Cover me
    • Move to another observation point

What you will find in the following videos are the basic tactical hand signals used by law enforcement and military personnel.  For more information, this Army Field Guide provides a more in-depth look at visual signals.

Read More @ ReadyNutrition.com

You Are Either A Prepper Or A Future Victim

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by Tom Chatham, via Alt-Market:

The recent disasters around the world have shown most people are ill prepared for sudden disruptions to normal life. Just as there was a lack of imagination that allowed 9/11 to happen, the population suffers from a lack of imagination that allows them to suffer from sudden occurrences. Survival favors the prepared mind.

Simply having supplies piled up in preparation for some occurrence is not enough to insure your survival. There are several other things you must keep in mind and balance out among your preparations.

You must imagine the potential catastrophic possibilities
You must prepare yourself mentally to deal with whatever happens
You must have knowledge of how best to employ your resources
You need to use your imagination to think outside the box
You must be able to improvise, adapt and overcome obstacles
You must have a flexible plan to guide you

Many people have spewed hateful rhetoric at preppers over the years and today some are finding themselves in dire circumstances as infrastructure and supplies are cut off for an indefinite period of time. Those unprepared individuals have few options and now rely on the actions of others to insure their survival.

As many in the Caribbean can now attest to, having to wait for help to come from hundreds or even thousands of miles away is slow and stressful to those who wait. They do not know when help will arrive and what resources will be available when they arrive. It could take years for many locations to return to some type of normalcy and this is at a time when help is available and forthcoming. What happens when that help is not available following an event?

In the world we now live in the bulk of the population is conditioned to wait for help to come. They are not encouraged to perform self help to minimize their suffering. This leads to many more victims to deal with overloading services and resources available to the public. This is happening in good times. What happens when things deteriorate and no help is available to communities or cities? What will happen when people and equipment do not come because damage is wide scale? What happens when all expendable resources are exhausted and cannot be replaced?

Preppers already know the answers to those questions and that is why they prepare. They know that someday an event could happen where no help will be available and they will be on their own for weeks or months. They know if something happens, what they have on hand is all they will likely have to work with for the duration. They know those that have not planned will be victims and most will expect someone to help them and their family. This creates a difficult situation for preppers and victims alike.

The act of learned helplessness is the only thing many people know today and that will lead to a reduced chance of survival for many depending on the depth of the event. A prepper can only do so much to help others in this type of situation but the main thing they possess are the leadership qualities and survival skills the masses need to come through the situation.

Following an event there will be a certain number of survivors that will see the light and understand what preppers have been trying to tell them for years. These people will differ from those that will still have the entitlement mentality and expect others to care for them and provide resources they need. These newly enlightened individuals are the ones that preppers will be able to help the most.

The true leaders in society will be able to direct these individuals on courses of action that will allow them to slowly recover and build up some resilience over time. These are the actions that will be necessary to reduce the chaos in society and provide some stabilization. These people will help provide a buffer between preppers and the hostile unprepared masses that manage to survive.

Make no mistake about it. There will be groups with varying mindsets roaming about following an event and it is advantageous to have as many of them on your side as possible. There is little you can do about the entitled victims except defend against their actions. In this case, there will be safety in numbers.

While a prepper cannot foresee every problem, they can plan ahead and set aside some resources that can help solidify your leadership among those you are able to work with. This could take the form of setting aside a few drums of bulk grains like oats or beans that can be purchased cheaply now but will allow you to feed a small group of people a basic meal for several weeks. The small price of a few drums of grain could buy a lot of goodwill.

Being able to provide clean drinking water to a small group by purchasing a good spare water filter will help eliminate the spread of disease among the group. Having a few medications that can help a few individuals that do manage to become sick will mean a lot to their families. Having a few extra radios that the group can share will help with security for everyone. Having a means to provide a small power source for lighting or battery recharging could mean a great deal to those with no power. In some locations having an extra wood stove to share and some wood will provide these people with heat and cooking ability.

Read More @ Alt-Market.com

From Tree To Table: Tips For Fresh Maple Syrup

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by Joshua Krause, Ready Nutrition:

The freshest, unprocessed, maple syrup comes directly from trees and you can tap into all of that yummy goodness yourself! Not only does maple syrup taste great, but it can be a potent natural medicine with additional health benefits as well!

The sap in trees contains water and dissolved sugars and other nutrients that travel up towards the branches, feeding the developing leaves. But surprisingly, sap is only about 2% sugar or sucrose depending on the species of tree and is also good for bone health. It has been shown to contain 16 times the potassium, 37 times the calcium, and 3.9 times the magnesium of spring water.  All 3 of these minerals are essential nutrients for optimal bone health. Just as calcium and potassium are two minerals that function in supporting optimal bone health, they also play a role in regulating blood pressure.  Sap also supports a healthy immunes system and is an antioxidant!

Billionaire Bunkers And Bolt-Holes: Silicon Valley Elite Invade New Zealand In Preparation For ‘Apocalypse’

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by Susan Duclos, All News Pipeline:

A few separate bits of news have been reported recently that when looked at together, brings up some interesting questions about what the “elite” know and why they are rushing to buy property and build panic rooms in New Zealand in preparation for the “apocalypse,” at a faster rate than they had been doing in recent years. 

Whether that is from a natural disaster, a banking or economic collapse, nuclear war, or whatever catastrophe they believe will befall the world, some very rich people, including many billionaires, believe something is coming and they are preparing accordingly, and have been for the past few years, and one of their prime locations of choice  just happens to be New Zealand.
 

A rough and ready description of the attraction of New Zealand came last year in The New Yorker magazine, with LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman suggesting the country had become shorthand for apocalypse insurance in Silicon Valley.

“Saying you’re ‘buying a house in New Zealand’ is kind of a ‘wink, wink, say no more’,” Hoffman said.

The latest billionaire to  purchase another property for $13.5 million, as well as having recently built a panic room in another 4.8 million dollar home in Queensland, New Zealand, is Peter Thiel.  

As I said earlier, they have been doing this for years, as we see reports from 2015, titled “Apocalypse island: Tech billionaires are building boltholes in New Zealand because they now fear social collapse or nuclear war. So what do they know that we don’t?” In that report we saw that  financial experts in Davos were told by Robert Johnson, president of the Institute of New Economic Thinking, that “I know hedge fund managers all over the world who are buying airstrips and farms in places like New Zealand because they think they need a getaway.’ In that same report, Stewart Wallis, executive director of the New Economic Foundation confirmed that assertion, stating “if they (the wealthy) can get off onto another planet, some of them would. I think the rich are worried and they should be worried.’
 

His stated concern was that the poor would rise up against the rich and the wealthy were preparing for that, but the recent spate of names, like Elon Musk thinking they can build on Mars (Yes, I am serious) and how many reports we are now seeing utilizing terminology like “doomsday,” and “apocalypse,” while buying up not just property, but setting up multi-million dollar bunkers, which are rapidly being sold out, tell us they are preparing for more than just an uprising by the poor, and are setting up for a catastrophic type event.

Other names reportedly buying up properties in New Zealand are Russian industrial magnate Alexander Abramov who built five homes, American billionaire William Foley, who bought a vineyard, Tony Malkin president and CEO of Empire State Realty, who owns the Empire state building and 18 other properties in New York City, Hollywood film director James Cameron and billionaire hedge-fund pioneer Julian Robertson, just to name a few.

Via The Mirror, we see “In 2016, Sam Altman, one of Silicon Valley’s most influential entrepreneurs said he had an arrangement with Thiel in the event of some kind of systemic collapse scenario (synthetic virus breakout, rampaging AI, resource war between nuclear-armed states or some other apocalyptic disaster currently limited to the TV screen and thriller novels) they would both get on a private jet and fly to a property Thiel owns in New Zealand.”

It isn’t until we found a very lengthy report over at The Guardian which indicates why New Zealand is seeing an increase of billionaires buying up property. Unlike Thiel who is cited as worrying about “outright civilizational collapse,” it appears the other Silicon Valley billionaires are worried about something far different, as the Guardian reveals “According to the country’s Department of Internal Affairs, in the two days following the 2016 election the number of Americans who visited its website to inquire about the process of gaining New Zealand citizenship increased by a factor of 14 compared to the same days in the previous month. In particular, New Zealand has come to be seen as a bolthole of choice for Silicon Valley’s tech elite.”

Is it just a coincidence that Donald Trump, who ran a campaign against these same globalists, other than Thiel who supported Trump, where they all merged to fight against his campaign and supported Hillary Clinton, all of a sudden want to become citizens of New Zealand? (Note- Thiel obtained his NZ citizenship in 2011)

Other little interesting tidbits in the new the past two years: July 2016: Joe Biden “formally accepted an invitation to send a naval vessel to New Zealand later this year, ending a 30-year freeze on such visits since New Zealand adopted its anti-nuclear policy in the mid-1980s.” (Source

More recently I read Hillary Clinton will be visiting Australia and New Zealand for a series of events in May 2018, which reminded me that I had also seen another unrelated article mentioning that Barack Obama was also going to be visiting New Zealand in March 2018. As a side note, it appears that former prime minister John Key arranged Obama’s planned visit to NZ, as the two were quite chummywhen they were both in office.

It is also quite interesting that former FBI Director James Comey, fired by President Trump in May 2017, was in New Zealand just a month before his termination to participate in a government conference, between the “Five Eyes,” which is a spying network alliancebetween US, the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.”

We find that particularly noteworthy because the global Five Eye alliance, sometimes abbreviated to FVEY, was described by whistleblower Edward Snowden in 2013, as a “supra-national intelligence organisation that doesn’t answer to the known laws of its own countries.” 

Read More @ AllNewsPipeline.com

Small Things Can Be Biggest Problems

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by SF, Survival Blog:

Several years ago, I used to be a regular contributor on SurvivalBlog. Then in 2011, I bought my dream property and began prepping in earnest.

It is completely off grid with spring-fed water, solar panels and propane generator for power, wood stove for heat, composting toilets, and satellite for Internet and phone. In that time I found that it was the small things that were the biggest problems.

Tick Season

During tick season, I’d have five ticks on me just from a moment in the garden. One bite got infected. My whole arm swelled up. If it were not for antibiotics, who knows what would have happened. Now, I wear white tickproof clothing into the garden during tick season and have plenty of tick tweezers handy.

Selco’s Guide to Looting and Scavenging When the SHTF

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by Selco, The Organic Prepper:

Through the media, we have gotten a picture of scavengers, so there are movies and book about guys who ride motorcycles while wearing helmets with horns. These guys are looting and scavenging after the SHTF. And then, in this fantasy, there are good guys who do not do that, except maybe to get some interesting book or similar.

The interesting thing is the fact that guys who “scavenge” somehow through all those movie and book cliches are understood as bad guys and psychos. Through the news, we see folks who loot as a mindless mob who drag out big screen plasma TVs while floods are coming.

It’s Back: How to Prep for Ebola 2.0

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by Daisy Luther, The Organic Prepper:

The second biggest Ebola outbreak in history is going on the in the Democratic Republic of Congo right now. It’s second only to the 2014 outbreak that infected nearly thirty thousand people and killed more than 11,000.

And now, it may be here in America.

An American healthcare worker was exposed to the virus while treating patients in the DRC. The worker, whose name has not been released, flew back to the United States on Saturday and was put into quarantine for up to two weeks at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) in Omaha.